I haven't been a woodworker long, but, I purchased a jig that enables me to make any raised panels I want; hence the picture I just posted. (I even spent less then a 150.00 on it) I've tried both a hand-controlled router (NOT a hand-held router) and a router table, and have found that comparing the two, the hand-controlled router is much safer than the router table, depending on the project. So, in a nut shell, it is safe to use a hand-controlled router with larger bits. It comes down to: you either move the tool and secure the work piece, or secure the tool and move the work piece, as with any tool, such as circular saw/table saw, jig saw/band saw.
Last edited by panzer; 08-18-2012 at 07:30 PM.